My friend’s mother died this morning. Although she was elderly, her sudden decline and death was a shock to the family. My friend is distraught, her grief is raw and palpable over the phone. I remind myself that we only know death from the land of the living. After a death, we feel left behind and lonely and the death can evoke a huge range of emotions, some quite surprising. I remind myself that every death is a loss, a reason for grief, a source of pain and despair.
I wish my friend, and all who have a nearby loss, Godspeed in your time of mourning.